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The ESU International Public Speaking Competition 2016 took place between May 9th and 13th 2016.
The theme for the National Finals and International Final was 'Integrity has no need of rules'. The theme for the heats in which 48 participants took part was 'The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any'.
A tough week of competition culminated in the grand final at Stamford Bridge on Friday 13 May, where the final 6 speakers performed. Vivian Garciacano of Mexico was announced as the 2016 IPSC overall winner, while Marco Del Valle of the Philippines was announced as overall runner up.
The ESU International Public Speaking Competition has now been running for 36 years. When the IPSC started, it was an international tournament between the national public speaking champions of England and Australia. Today, the competition reaches hundreds of thousands young people in 50 countries across the globe. Recent winners of the competition have included Mexico, Mauritius, The Philippines, Yemen, Lebanon, South Korea, Malaysia, Australia and Iceland.
The purpose of the IPSC is to bring together the best speakers from all over the world for a week of international cultural exchange and public speaking competition. It showcases the very highest standard of public speaking from around the world, while giving delegates an opportunity to meet and engage with other young people of different backgrounds and cultures.
Click here to download the 2016 IPSC handbook.
Winner of IPSC 2016 Vivian Garciacano, left, and Runner-up of IPSC 2016 Marco Del Valle, right.